Highlights of 4th Grade:
- California Missions
- Kinder Buddy
- Spelling Bee
About Ms. Kopmann
Ms. Kopmann was born and raised in a small town in mid-Missouri. She received her BS in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. After her daughter started kindergarten, she went back to college, earning an elementary teaching credential. She also has graduate hours in gifted education.
Since 1987, Ms. Kopmann has taught in third or fourth grade classrooms, a Title 1 classroom, and Enrichment classrooms. She has also advised elementary and high school newspaper staffs, yearbook staffs, and served as the coordinator of the high school mentoring program.
At Ms. Kopmann’s home parish, Most Pure Heart of Mary in Chamois, MO, she was the CCD Coordinator from 1990 until 2008. She also advised the Youth Group, accompanying them to NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference) trips to Columbus, Ohio and Dallas, Texas.
Ms. Kopmann moved to Dublin, California in 2008. In the East Bay, she tutored with Huntington Learning Center, becoming the Education Director. She also teaches writing for Purple Pen Tutoring. Ms. Kopmann moved to Santa Rosa in August, 2015. Ms. Kopmann has one daughter, Jamie. Jamie and Jeff Tobin were married on July 29, 2016. They live in Santa Rosa. She has two grandpuppies, Charlie and Baxter.
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Fourth Grade Language Arts
A comprehensive study of writing, editing, spelling vocabulary, and grammar skills is undertaken, as well as learning various styles of writing including essays, persuasive, narrative, and creative writing, including poetry. To enhance our understanding of California History, we read several historical fiction novels including, Pasquala, a story of a Native California Indian; Patty Reed’s Doll, the story of the Donner Party; and By the Great Horn Spoon, a story about the California Gold Rush.
A comprehensive curriculum, using state standards including number sense, place value, multiplication, division, introduction to algebra theory, geometry, fractions, decimals, order of operations, logic, and graphing.
The emphasis is on human body, earth materials and electricity. Students do reports and presentations on insects, mammals and minerals.
We study California history from the early Native California tribes to the Mission period, to westward expansion, the Gold Rush period and the transcontinental railroad. With the assistance of the local community center, the fourth graders make a ceramic mission model that is later displayed at Mission San Francisco de Solano, in Sonoma. Several field trips with an emphasis on California history are planned including a trip to Sacramento to visit Sutter’s Fort.
Our focus is on the Old and the New Testaments, the Ten Commandments, learning correct Bible notation, parts of the Mass, and seasons of the Church calendar. In the spring, we study Family Life using a series that encourages students to continue to be responsible, positive members of their family and community.